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    Standard Industrial Classification


    • The Standard Industrial Classification SIC is a system for classifying industries by a four-digit code. Established in the United States in 1937, it is used by government agencies to classify industry areas. The SIC system is also used by agencies in other countries, e.g., by the United Kingdom's Companies House.

      In the United States the SIC code is being supplanted by the six-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS code), which was released in 1997; however certain government departments and agencies, such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), still use the SIC codes.

      The SIC codes can be grouped into progressively broader industry classifications: industry group, major group, and division. The first 3 digits of the SIC code indicate the industry group, and the first two digits indicate the major group. Each division encompasses a range of SIC codes:

      To look at a particular example of the hierarchy, SIC code 2024 (ice cream and frozen desserts) belongs to industry group 202 (dairy products), which is part of major group 20 (food and kindred products), which belongs to the division of manufacturing.

      In the early 1900s, each branch of a United States government agency would conduct business analysis using its own methods and metrics, unknown and meaningless to other branches. In the 1930s, the government needed standardized and meaningful ways in which to measure, analyze and share data across its various agencies. Thus, the Standard Industrial Classification system was born. SIC codes are four-digit numerical representations of major businesses and industries. SIC codes are assigned based on common characteristics shared in the products, services, production and delivery system of a business.

      SIC codes have a hierarchical, top-down structure that begins with general characteristics and narrows down to the specifics. The first two digits of the code represent the major industry sector to which a business belongs. The third and fourth digits describe the sub-classification of the business group and specialization, respectively. For example, "36" refers to a business that deals in "Electronic and Other Equipment." Adding "7" as a third digit to get "367" indicates that the business operates in "Electronic, Component and Accessories." The fourth digit distinguishes the specific industry sector, so a code of "3672" indicates that the business is concerned with "Printed Circuit Boards."


      Range of SIC Codes Division
      0100-0999 Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
      1000-1499 Mining
      1500-1799 Construction
      1800-1999 not used
      2000-3999 Manufacturing
      4000-4999 Transportation, Communications, Electric, Gas and Sanitary service
      5000-5199 Wholesale Trade
      5200-5999 Retail Trade
      6000-6799 Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
      7000-8999 Services
      9100-9729 Public Administration
      9900-9999 Nonclassifiable
      SIC Code Industry
      0100 Agricultural Production-Crops
      0200 Agricultural Prod-Livestock & Animal Specialties
      0700 Agricultural Services
      0800 Forestry
      0900 Fishing, Hunting and Trapping
      1000 Metal Mining
      1040 Gold and Silver Ores
      1090 Miscellaneous Metal Ores
      1220 Bituminous Coal & Lignite Mining
      1221 Bituminous Coal & Lignite Surface Mining
      1311 Crude Petroleum & Natural Gas
      1381 Drilling Oil & Gas Wells
      1382 Oil & Gas Field Exploration Services
      1389 Oil & Gas Field Services, NEC
      1400 Mining & Quarrying of Nonmetallic Minerals (No Fuels)
      1520 General Bldg Contractors - Residential Bldgs
      1531 Operative Builders
      1540 General Bldg Contractors - Nonresidential Bldgs
      1600 Heavy Construction Other Than Bldg Const - Contractors
      1623 Water, Sewer, Pipeline, Comm & Power Line Construction
      1700 Construction - Special Trade Contractors
      1731 Electrical Work
      2000 Food and Kindred Products
      2011 Meat Packing Plants
      2013 Sausages & Other Prepared Meat Products
      2015 Poultry Slaughtering and Processing
      2020 Dairy Products
      2024 Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts
      2030 Canned, Frozen & Preserved Fruit, Veg & Food Specialties
      2033 Canned, Fruits, Veg, Preserves, Jams & Jellies
      2040 Grain Mill Products
      2050 Bakery Products
      2052 Cookies & Crackers
      2060 Sugar & Confectionery Products
      2070 Fats & Oils
      2080 Beverages
      2082 Malt Beverages
      2086 Bottled & Canned Soft Drinks & Carbonated Waters
      2090 Miscellaneous Food Preparations & Kindred Products
      2092 Prepared Fresh or Frozen Fish & Seafood
      2100 Tobacco Products
      2111 Cigarettes
      2200 Textile Mill Products
      2211 Broadwoven Fabric Mills, Cotton
      2221 Broadwoven Fabric Mills, Man Made Fiber & Silk
      2250 Knitting Mills
      2253 Knit Outerwear Mills
      2273 Carpets & Rugs
      2300 Apparel & Other Finished Prods of Fabrics & Similar Matl
      2320 Men's & Boys' Furnishings, Work Clothing, & Allied Garments
      2330 Women's, Misses', and Juniors Outerwear
      2340 Women's, Misses', Children's & Infant's Undergarments
      2390 Miscellaneous Fabricated Textile Products
      2400 Lumber & Wood Products (No Furniture)
      2421 Sawmills & Planing Mills, General
      2430 Millwood, Veneer, Plywood, & Structural Wood Members
      2451 Mobile Homes
      2452 Prefabricated Wood Bldgs & Components
      2510 Household Furniture
      2511 Wood Household Furniture, (No Upholstered)
      2520 Office Furniture
      2522 Office Furniture (No Wood)
      2531 Public Bldg & Related Furniture
      2540 Partitions, Shelvg, Lockers, & office & Store Fixtures
      2590 Miscellaneous Furniture & Fixtures
      2600 Papers & Allied Products
      2611 Pulp Mills
      2621 Paper Mills
      2631 Paperboard Mills
      2650 Paperboard Containers & Boxes
      2670 Converted Paper & Paperboard Prods (No Containers/Boxes)
      2673 Plastics, Foil & Coated Paper Bags
      2711 Newspapers: Publishing or Publishing & Printing
      2721 Periodicals: Publishing or Publishing & Printing
      2731 Books: Publishing or Publishing & Printing
      2732 Book Printing
      2741 Miscellaneous Publishing
      2750 Commercial Printing
      2761 Manifold Business Forms
      2771 Greeting Cards
      2780 Blankbooks, Looseleaf Binders & Bookbinding & Related Work
      2790 Service Industries For The Printing Trade
      2800 Chemicals & Allied Products
      2810 Industrial Inorganic Chemicals
      2820 Plastic Material, Synth Resin/Rubber, Cellulos (No Glass)
      2821 Plastic Materials, Synth Resins & Nonvulcan Elastomers
      2833 Medicinal Chemicals & Botanical Products
      2834 Pharmaceutical Preparations
      2835 In Vitro & In Vivo Diagnostic Substances
      2836 Biological Products, (No Diagnostic Substances)
      2840 Soap, Detergents, Cleaning Preparations, Perfumes, Cosmetics
      2842 Specialty Cleaning, Polishing and Sanitation Preparations
      2844 Perfumes, Cosmetics & Other Toilet Preparations
      2851 Paints, Varnishes, Lacquers, Enamels & Allied Prods
      2860 Industrial Organic Chemicals
      2870 Agricultural Chemicals
      2890 Miscellaneous Chemical Products
      2891 Adhesives & Sealants
      2911 Petroleum Refining
      2950 Asphalt Paving & Roofing Materials
      2990 Miscellaneous Products of Petroleum & Coal
      3011 Tires & Inner Tubes
      3021 Rubber & Plastics Footwear
      3050 Gaskets, Packg & Sealg Devices & Rubber & Plastics Hose
      3060 Fabricated Rubber Products, NEC
      3080 Miscellaneous Plastics Products
      3081 Unsupported Plastics Film & Sheet
      3086 Plastics Foam Products
      3089 Plastics Products, NEC
      3100 Leather & Leather Products
      3140 Footwear, (No Rubber)
      3211 Flat Glass
      3220 Glass & Glassware, Pressed or Blown
      3221 Glass Containers
      3231 Glass Products, Made of Purchased Glass
      3241 Cement, Hydraulic
      3250 Structural Clay Products
      3260 Pottery & Related Products
      3270 Concrete, Gypsum & Plaster Products
      3272 Concrete Products, Except Block & Brick
      3281 Cut Stone & Stone Products
      3290 Abrasive, Asbestos & Misc Nonmetallic Mineral Prods
      3310 Steel Works, Blast Furnaces & Rolling & Finishing Mills
      3312 Steel Works, Blast Furnaces & Rolling Mills (Coke Ovens)
      3317 Steel Pipe & Tubes
      3320 Iron & Steel Foundries
      3330 Primary Smelting & Refining of Nonferrous Metals
      3334 Primary Production of Aluminum
      3341 Secondary Smelting & Refining of Nonferrous Metals
      3350 Rolling Drawing & Extruding of Nonferrous Metals
      3357 Drawing & Insulating of Nonferrous Wire
      3360 Nonferrous Foundries (Castings)
      3390 Miscellaneous Primary Metal Products
      3411 Metal Cans
      3412 Metal Shipping Barrels, Drums, Kegs & Pails
      3420 Cutlery, Handtools & General Hardware
      3430 Heating Equip, Except Elec & Warm Air; & Plumbing Fixtures
      3433 Heating Equipment, Except Electric & Warm Air Furnaces
      3440 Fabricated Structural Metal Products
      3442 Metal Doors, Sash, Frames, Moldings & Trim
      3443 Fabricated Plate Work (Boiler Shops)
      3444 Sheet Metal Work
      3448 Prefabricated Metal Buildings & Components
      3451 Screw Machine Products
      3452 Bolts, Nuts, Screws, Rivets & Washers
      3460 Metal Forgings & Stampings
      3470 Coating, Engraving & Allied Services
      3480 Ordnance & Accessories, (No Vehicles/Guided Missiles)
      3490 Miscellaneous Fabricated Metal Products
      3510 Engines & Turbines
      3523 Farm Machinery & Equipment
      3524 Lawn & Garden Tractors & Home Lawn & Gardens Equip
      3530 Construction, Mining & Materials Handling Machinery & Equip
      3531 Construction Machinery & Equip
      3532 Mining Machinery & Equip (No Oil & Gas Field Mach & Equip)
      3533 Oil & Gas Field Machinery & Equipment
      3537 Industrial Trucks, Tractors, Trailers & Stackers
      3540 Metalworkg Machinery & Equipment
      3541 Machine Tools, Metal Cutting Types
      3550 Special Industry Machinery (No Metalworking Machinery)
      3555 Printing Trades Machinery & Equipment
      3559 Special Industry Machinery, NEC
      3560 General Industrial Machinery & Equipment
      3561 Pumps & Pumping Equipment
      3562 Ball & Roller Bearings
      3564 Industrial & Commercial Fans & Blowers & Air Purifying Equip
      3567 Industrial Process Furnaces & Ovens
      3569 General Industrial Machinery & Equipment, NEC
      3570 Computer & office Equipment
      3571 Electronic Computers
      3572 Computer Storage Devices
      3575 Computer Terminals
      3576 Computer Communications Equipment
      3577 Computer Peripheral Equipment, NEC
      3578 Calculating & Accounting Machines (No Electronic Computers)
      3579 Office Machines, NEC
      3580 Refrigeration & Service Industry Machinery
      3585 Air-Cond & Warm Air Heatg Equip & Comm & Indl Refrig Equip
      3590 Misc Industrial & Commercial Machinery & Equipment
      3600 Electronic & Other Electrical Equipment (No Computer Equip)
      3612 Power, Distribution & Specialty Transformers
      3613 Switchgear & Switchboard Apparatus
      3620 Electrical Industrial Apparatus
      3621 Motors & Generators
      3630 Household Appliances
      3634 Electric Housewares & Fans
      3640 Electric Lighting & Wiring Equipment
      3651 Household Audio & Video Equipment
      3652 Phonograph Records & Prerecorded Audio Tapes & Disks
      3661 Telephone & Telegraph Apparatus
      3663 Radio & TV Broadcasting & Communications Equipment
      3669 Communications Equipment, NEC
      3670 Electronic Components & Accessories
      3672 Printed Circuit Boards
      3674 Semiconductors & Related Devices
      3677 Electronic Coils, Transformers & Other Inductors
      3678 Electronic Connectors
      3679 Electronic Components, NEC
      3690 Miscellaneous Electrical Machinery, Equipment & Supplies
      3695 Magnetic & Optical Recording Media
      3711 Motor Vehicles & Passenger Car Bodies
      3713 Truck & Bus Bodies
      3714 Motor Vehicle Parts & Accessories
      3715 Truck Trailers
      3716 Motor Homes
      3720 Aircraft & Parts
      3721 Aircraft
      3724 Aircraft Engines & Engine Parts
      3728 Aircraft Parts & Auxiliary Equipment, NEC
      3730 Ship & Boat Building & Repairing
      3743 Railroad Equipment
      3751 Motorcycles, Bicycles & Parts
      3760 Guided Missiles & Space Vehicles & Parts
      3790 Miscellaneous Transportation Equipment
      3812 Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical Sys
      3821 Laboratory Apparatus & Furniture
      3822 Auto Controls For Regulating Residential & Comml Environments
      3823 Industrial Instruments For Measurement, Display, and Control
      3824 Totalizing Fluid Meters & Counting Devices
      3825 Instruments For Meas & Testing of Electricity & Elec Signals
      3826 Laboratory Analytical Instruments
      3827 Optical Instruments & Lenses
      3829 Measuring & Controlling Devices, NEC
      3841 Surgical & Medical Instruments & Apparatus
      3842 Orthopedic, Prosthetic & Surgical Appliances & Supplies
      3843 Dental Equipment & Supplies
      3844 X-Ray Apparatus & Tubes & Related Irradiation Apparatus
      3845 Electromedical & Electrotherapeutic Apparatus
      3851 Ophthalmic Goods
      3861 Photographic Equipment & Supplies
      3873 Watches, Clocks, Clockwork Operated Devices/Parts
      3910 Jewelry, Silverware & Plated Ware
      3911 Jewelry, Precious Metal
      3931 Musical Instruments
      3942 Dolls & Stuffed Toys
      3944 Games, Toys & Children's Vehicles (No Dolls & Bicycles)
      3949 Sporting & Athletic Goods, NEC
      3950 Pens, Pencils & Other Artists' Materials
      3960 Costume Jewelry & Novelties
      3990 Miscellaneous Manufacturing Industries
      4011 Railroads, Line-Haul Operating
      4013 Railroad Switching & Terminal Establishments
      4100 Local & Suburban Transit & Interurban Hwy Passenger Trans
      4210 Trucking & Courier Services (No Air)
      4213 Trucking (No Local)
      4220 Public Warehousing & Storage
      4231 Terminal Maintenance Facilities For Motor Freight Transport
      4400 Water Transportation
      4412 Deep Sea Foreign Transportation of Freight
      4512 Air Transportation, Scheduled
      4513 Air Courier Services
      4522 Air Transportation, Nonscheduled
      4581 Airports, Flying Fields & Airport Terminal Services
      4610 Pipe Lines (No Natural Gas)
      4700 Transportation Services
      4731 Arrangement of Transportation of Freight & Cargo
      4812 Radiotelephone Communications
      4813 Telephone Communications (No Radiotelephone)
      4822 Telegraph & Other Message Communications
      4832 Radio Broadcasting Stations
      4833 Television Broadcasting Stations
      4841 Cable & Other Pay Television Services
      4899 Communications Services, NEC
      4900 Electric, Gas & Sanitary Services
      4911 Electric Services
      4922 Natural Gas Transmission
      4923 Natural Gas Transmission & Distribution
      4924 Natural Gas Distribution
      4931 Electric & Other Services Combined
      4932 Gas & Other Services Combined
      4941 Water Supply
      4950 Sanitary Services
      4953 Refuse Systems
      4955 Hazardous Waste Management
      4961 Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply
      4991 Co-generation Services & Small Power Producers
      5000 Wholesale-Durable Goods
      5010 Wholesale-Motor Vehicles & Motor Vehicle Parts & Supplies
      5013 Wholesale-Motor Vehicle Supplies & New Parts
      5020 Wholesale-Furniture & Home Furnishings
      5030 Wholesale-Lumber & Other Construction Materials
      5031 Wholesale-Lumber, Plywood, millwork & Wood Panels
      5040 Wholesale-Professional & Commercial Equipment & Supplies
      5045 Wholesale-Computers & Peripheral Equipment & Software
      5047 Wholesale-Medical, Dental & Hospital Equipment & Supplies
      5050 Wholesale-Metals & Minerals (No Petroleum)
      5051 Wholesale-Metals Service Centers & Offices
      5063 Wholesale-Electrical Apparatus & Equipment, Wiring Supplies
      5064 Wholesale-Electrical Appliances, TV & Radio Sets
      5065 Wholesale-Electronic Parts & Equipment, NEC
      5070 Wholesale-Hardware & Plumbing & Heating Equipment & Supplies
      5072 Wholesale-Hardware
      5080 Wholesale-Machinery, Equipment & Supplies
      5082 Wholesale-Construction & Mining (No Petro) Machinery & Equip
      5084 Wholesale-Industrial Machinery & Equipment
      5090 Wholesale-Misc Durable Goods
      5094 Wholesale-Jewelry, Watches, Precious Stones & Metals
      5099 Wholesale-Durable Goods, NEC
      5110 Wholesale-Paper & Paper Products
      5122 Wholesale-Drugs, Proprietaries & Druggists' Sundries
      5130 Wholesale-Apparel, Piece Goods & Notions
      5140 Wholesale-Groceries & Related Products
      5141 Wholesale-Groceries, General Line (merchandise)
      5150 Wholesale-Farm Product Raw Materials
      5160 Wholesale-Chemicals & Allied Products
      5171 Wholesale-Petroleum Bulk Stations & Terminals
      5172 Wholesale-Petroleum & Petroleum Products (No Bulk Stations)
      5180 Wholesale-Beer, Wine & Distilled Alcoholic Beverages
      5190 Wholesale-Miscellaneous Non-durable Goods
      5200 Retail-Building Materials, Hardware, Garden Supply
      5211 Retail-Lumber & Other Building Materials Dealers
      5271 Retail-Mobile Home Dealers
      5311 Retail-Department Stores
      5331 Retail-Variety Stores
      5399 Retail-Misc General Merchandise Stores
      5400 Retail-Food Stores
      5411 Retail-Grocery Stores
      5412 Retail-Convenience Stores
      5500 Retail-Auto Dealers & Gasoline Stations
      5531 Retail-Auto & Home Supply Stores
      5551 Boat Dealers
      5600 Retail-Apparel & Accessory Stores
      5621 Retail-Women's Clothing Stores
      5651 Retail-Family Clothing Stores
      5661 Retail-Shoe Stores
      5700 Retail-Home Furniture, Furnishings & Equipment Stores
      5712 Retail-Furniture Stores
      5731 Retail-Radio, TV & Consumer Electronics Stores
      5734 Retail-Computer & Computer Software Stores
      5735 Retail-Record & Prerecorded Tape Stores
      5810 Retail-Eating & Drinking Places
      5812 Retail-Eating Places
      5900 Retail-Miscellaneous Retail
      5912 Retail-Drug Stores and Proprietary Stores
      5940 Retail-Miscellaneous Shopping Goods Stores
      5944 Retail-Jewelry Stores
      5945 Retail-Hobby, Toy & Game Shops
      5960 Retail-Nonstore Retailers
      5961 Retail-Catalog & Mail-Order Houses
      5990 Retail-Retail Stores, NEC
      6012 Pay Day Lenders
      6021 National Commercial Banks
      6022 State Commercial Banks
      6029 Commercial Banks, NEC
      6035 Savings Institution, Federally Chartered
      6036 Savings Institutions, Not Federally Chartered
      6099 Functions Related To Depository Banking, NEC
      6111 Federal & Federally Sponsored Credit Agencies
      6141 Personal Credit Institutions
      6153 Short-Term Business Credit Institutions
      6159 Miscellaneous Business Credit Institution
      6162 Mortgage Bankers & Loan Correspondents
      6163 Loan Brokers
      6172 Finance Lessors
      6189 Asset-Backed Securities
      6199 Finance Services
      6200 Security & Commodity Brokers, Dealers, Exchanges & Services
      6211 Security Brokers, Dealers & Flotation Companies
      6221 Commodity Contracts Brokers & Dealers
      6282 Investment Advice
      6311 Life Insurance
      6321 Accident & Health Insurance
      6324 Hospital & Medical Service Plans
      6331 Fire, Marine & Casualty Insurance
      6351 Surety Insurance
      6361 Title Insurance
      6399 Insurance Carriers, NEC
      6411 Insurance Agents, Brokers & Service
      6500 Real Estate
      6510 Real Estate Operators (No Developers) & Lessors
      6512 Operators of Nonresidential Buildings
      6513 Operators of Apartment Buildings
      6519 Lessors of Real Property, NEC
      6531 Real Estate Agents & Managers (For Others)
      6532 Real Estate Dealers (For Their Own Account)
      6552 Land Subdividers & Developers (No Cemeteries)
      6770 Blank Checks
      6792 Oil Royalty Traders
      6794 Patent Owners & Lessors
      6795 Mineral Royalty Traders
      6798 Real Estate Investment Trusts
      6799 Investors, NEC
      7000 Hotels, Rooming Houses, Camps & Other Lodging Places
      7011 Hotels & Motels
      7200 Services-Personal Services
      7310 Services-Advertising
      7311 Services-Advertising Agencies
      7320 Services-Consumer Credit Reporting, Collection Agencies
      7330 Services-Mailing, Reproduction, Commercial Art & Photography
      7331 Services-Direct Mail Advertising Services
      7334 Services-Photocopying and Duplicating Services
      7340 Services-To Dwellings & Other Buildings
      7350 Services-Miscellaneous Equipment Rental & Leasing
      7359 Services-Equipment Rental & Leasing, NEC
      7361 Services-Employment Agencies
      7363 Services-Help Supply Services
      7370 Services-Computer Programming, Data Processing, Etc.
      7371 Services-Computer Programming Services
      7372 Services-Prepackaged Software
      7373 Services-Computer Integrated Systems Design
      7374 Services-Computer Processing & Data Preparation
      7377 Services-Computer Rental & Leasing
      7380 Services-Miscellaneous Business Services
      7381 Services-Detective, Guard & Armored Car Services
      7384 Services-Photofinishing Laboratories
      7385 Services-Telephone Interconnect Systems
      7389 Services-Business Services, NEC
      7500 Services-Automotive Repair, Services & Parking
      7510 Services-Auto Rental & Leasing (No Drivers)
      7600 Services-Miscellaneous Repair Services
      7812 Services-Motion Picture & Video Tape Production
      7819 Services-Allied To Motion Picture Production
      7822 Services-Motion Picture & Video Tape Distribution
      7829 Services-Allied To Motion Picture Distribution
      7830 Services-Motion Picture Theaters
      7841 Services-Video Tape Rental
      7900 Services-Amusement & Recreation Services
      7948 Services-Racing, Including Track Operation
      7990 Services-Miscellaneous Amusement & Recreation
      7994 Services-Video Game Arcades
      7995 Services-Gambling Transactions
      7996 Services-Amusement Parks
      7997 Services-Membership Sports & Recreation Clubs
      8000 Services-Health Services
      8011 Services-Offices & Clinics of Doctors of Medicine
      8050 Services-Nursing & Personal Care Facilities
      8051 Services-Skilled Nursing Care Facilities
      8060 Services-Hospitals
      8062 Services-General Medical & Surgical Hospitals, NEC
      8071 Services-Medical Laboratories
      8082 Services-Home Health Care Services
      8090 Services-Misc Health & Allied Services, NEC
      8093 Services-Specialty Outpatient Facilities, NEC
      8111 Services-Legal Services
      8200 Services-Educational Services
      8300 Services-Social Services
      8351 Services-Child Day Care Services
      8600 Services-Membership organizations
      8700 Services-Engineering, Accounting, Research, Management
      8711 Services-Engineering Services
      8731 Services-Commercial Physical & Biological Research
      8734 Services-Testing Laboratories
      8741 Services-Management Services
      8742 Services-Management Consulting Services
      8744 Services-Facilities Support Management Services
      8748 Business Consulting Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
      8880 American Depositary Receipts
      8888 Foreign Governments
      8900 Services-Services, NEC
      9721 International Affairs
      9995 Non-Operating Establishments

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